A series of recent events have shed light on the hawkish nature of the administration of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. It is taking one step after another to undermine the no-war principle of the Constitution.

The Noda administration must be strictly criticized for these moves. In addition, it is doing so in a surreptitious way to avoid rousing wide public discussion and to avoid having to fully inform the people. These actions run counter to the basic principles of democracy.

The populous must remain vigilant over the administration's moves and keep a keen eye in order to stop it from further undermining the nation's no-war principle.